What People in Durham, North Carolina are Saying About Us

"I’m thinking if I ever need physical therapy for any reason, I will seek you out. This experience has been like no other physical therapy I’ve had, and I’ve been through it a number of times. I keep telling my mother that her husband should visit me just to see you. 

And you’ve given me some tools. I’m reminded of the saying about giving a man a fish. You can feed him for a day or teach him to fish so he can be fed for life. I think of you that way. Thank you for everything."

 

Terri A. - shoulder pain and neck pain - suffered for years

Risa was diagnosed with sciatica into both legs. She couldn't sleep, walk as much as she wanted, and sitting even irritated her back, hips and legs. 

 

Click on her video to hear how she regained her independence and mobility.

 

Risa S. - sciatica on both legs - suffered for years

"This place is amazing, I feel so silly for waiting so long. After dealing with chronic neck and shoulder pain for more than a year, I can't believe how NORMAL I feel after only 3 sessions. Thank you to everyone! This place is great!"

Ashley G. - neck pain & headaches - suffered for months

Susan was diagnosed with hip bursitis and a possible torn hip muscle. She had back surgery, tried physical therapy elsewhere, and was also given steroid injections. She couldn't sleep, walk without pain, and suffered from pain daily. 

 

Click on her video to hear how she got back to ballroom dancing!

Susan N. - back pain and hip pain - suffered for years

 

"I have been ignoring occasional shoulder, back, and hip pain for several years, but this summer it finally got to the point where I was unable to get to sleep because I couldn't get comfortable.  I decided to give physical therapy a try before anything else, figuring it might not help me, but wouldn't have any nasty side effects either.  The results exceeded my expectations.  Dr. Nielsen was patient and knowledgeable.  Within two weeks the therapy and exercises he prescribed had restored my shoulder to a pain-free state.  The hip pain took another four weeks; the back pain disappeared somewhere along the way.  I am able to sleep comfortably and have been able to start jogging, hiking, and gardening again.  Thank you Dr. Nielsen!"

 

Heather S. - shoulder pain, back pain, and hip pain - suffered for years

Misty had been dealing with pain her lower back and hip - lasting for several years. She had been to her physician and chiropractor for TWO years(!) with minimal relief. 

 

Click on her video to hear how she got back to walking and hiking for exercise!

Misty H. - back pain and hip pain - suffered for years

 

"I have been ignoring occasional shoulder, back, and hip pain for several years, but this summer it finally got to the point where I was unable to get to sleep because I couldn't get comfortable.  I decided to give physical therapy a try before anything else, figuring it might not help me, but wouldn't have any nasty side effects either.  The results exceeded my expectations.  Dr. Nielsen was patient and knowledgeable.  Within two weeks the therapy and exercises he prescribed had restored my shoulder to a pain-free state.  The hip pain took another four weeks; the back pain disappeared somewhere along the way.  I am able to sleep comfortably and have been able to start jogging, hiking, and gardening again.  Thank you Dr. Nielsen!"

 

Heather S. - shoulder pain, back pain, and hip pain - suffered for years

Alex had foot pain and tingling for more than a decade! He had tried deep tissue massage and was even offered surgery - which he declined.

 

Click on his video to hear how he "got results much quicker than he anticipated."

 

Alex J. - foot pain and tingling - suffered more than a decade

 

"My experience with Dr. Nielsen was life-changing. He gave me something no other medical professional I had worked with had, a sense of hope and empowerment. When I came to see Dr. Nielsen I was in a place of desperation and fear. I had been in a car accident 15 years ago and suffered from low back and hip pain daily. I had tried pain medications, steroid injections, and chiropractic treatments and nothing was working. I was facing the possibility of surgery and was terrified of the downward spiral that seems to happen to back surgery patients where they just end up incapacitated. Dr. Nielsen put me at ease immediately. He showed me how to strengthen my body and manage my pain. I couldn’t lift 15 lbs or ride in the car for more than 30 minutes when I came to see him. Now I can lift 90 lbs and go on rides wherever I like. I no longer have to feel like a victim of that accident all those years ago. The strangest thing happened once I lost that victim mentality and became more confident in my body’s new abilities, I became more confident in my ability to succeed in other areas of my life. I was able to go back to school to pursue a career that I had thought was unattainable because of my back issues. So thanks to Dr. Nielsen I am no longer fearful, I am fearless."

Faren S. - lower back pain and hip pain - suffered daily for 15 years

"I had a great experience at Kaizen Physical Therapy and whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Nielsen. I have been having trouble off and on for years with neck and back pain. I got immediate relief from the hands-on therapy during my first session. He listened to me, gave me a clear diagnosis, and helped me get a plan for finding some long-term solutions. Dr. Nielsen was professional and answered all my questions in a way that was clear and made sense to me. If you have been struggling with chronic pain, definitely try Kaizen Therapy - you will be glad you did."

 

Sarah W. - neck pain and back pain - suffered for years

"We love the one-on-one appointments, private room, and peaceful atmosphere at this practice. Within the first few minutes of my teenage daughter’s first appointment with Dr. Nielsen, I knew we were in the right place. A trusted friend suggested we visit for post-orthopedic surgery therapy, and as we arrived for our first appointment, another trusted friend was leaving. When we sat down with them for the initial assessment, I was even more at ease when I discovered the approach they use. They are very patient-centered and allowed my daughter to set the goals for the therapy sessions. After about 12 weeks, she had reached her goal and will always have a positive perspective on physical therapy."

 

Anne H. - ankle pain - suffered for years

"Derek with Kaizen PT is basically the first doctor to recognize my issue as something atypical. Every other doctor or therapist I've been to did the same treatment and did not accept that my pain was as bad as it was. They would push me until I overdid things, leaving me bedridden for a couple days. They would say, "that's normal," and keep pushing me. Nothing ever got better with their methods, and in fact, my condition became persistently worse with each treatment. Derek takes his time with me and is constantly reminding me of what I can do to improve things, and truly cares that I do improve. He's a world-class physical therapist, and knows what he's doing."

Daniel S. - fibromyalgia - suffered for years

"You did it again.  You are better than any drug I have taken because your treatment has a longer lasting duration.  LOL!  It's true.  I had a wonderful dinner and we were sitting right in front of where the women's basketball coach was being interviewed.  She is really nice and she came around and talked to everyone before the show began.  I really enjoyed the evening thanks to you being available to get those tight kinks out of my back.  Thanks so much.  With your knowledge, thumbs and elbows and my exercises we might get this body back in working order. HA!"

Linda E. - back pain, hip pain, and knee pain - suffered for years

I highly recommend Dr. Nielson. His personalized treatment program has changed my life. What I hadn't been able to do in years, I'm now able to do with little to no pain.

Grace G. - back pain and hip pain - suffered for years

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